Y comes home almost every day complaining about how so and so in his class has never heard of [insert historical political figure here]. I usually nod, agree with him, head straight for Wikipedia, and spend the rest of the night feeling stupid at my lack of knowledge, so humor me for a minute while I pretend like I’m smart:
Anyone who knows me can vouch for my tendency to get bossy when it comes to grammar. It’s a random habit — I’m not really a perfectionist in any other aspects, but stick an apostrophe where it doesn’t belong or misuse a homophone and you will most definitely hear about it from me.
That sounded menacing, right? Right? Well… it’s not exactly true. Unless I’m close to you, I won’t point out your mistake. I’ll probably just post about it on my blog. To be honest, there isn’t enough time in the day to rectify all of the spelling and grammar errors on signs and buildings around here. While in DC, staying on Georgetown’s campus, I climbed onto a campus bus and saw a sign that said something like this:
To ensure your safety, please watch your step as you climb aboard the bus.
My heart almost stopped — not only was the sign written in a complete sentence, the ensure/insure homophone had been used correctly! A sign at home (on our not-quite-as-prestigious-as-Georgetown campus) trying to convey the same message might have looked like this:
watch “STEP” on bus
Don’t even get me started on the random quotation marks. Y snapped this picture the other day, just because he knew it would make me mad. So romantic:
The reason I bring this up: I just found an article about a guy who traveled around the United States correcting errors on signs, (apparently, he didn’t find an excess of mistakes in any one part of the country, which I find hard to believe) and wrote a book about his adventure. I have three thoughts on this:
A) That is awesome.
B) Why didn’t I think of that?
C) They’ll give anyone a book deal these days, won’t they?
Anyone else out there have a pet peeve that they get overly sensitive about? My other pet peeve is the sound of someone eating a banana. GROSS.